Vale- Peter Martin
Peter, OIC Mawson 1964, passed away peacefully after a short illness on 3 October 2017, and was farewelled by a large gathering of family and friends at a funeral service on 10 October.
An obituary for Peter will appear in an upcoming edition of Aurora.
Born in New Zealand on 9 December 1927, Peter was Mawson OIC in 1964. Before this he served in the New Zealand Navy, followed by roles with Civil Aviation as a radar and radio engineer, then in scientific leadership roles on Raoul Island, Campbell Island and Hallett Station. Peter is honoured in the naming of Martin Massif in the Prince Charles Mountains, also of Martin Hill near Hallett Station.
He met his future wife Claudia Dodd prior to taking up the OIC role at Mawson, when she instructed him in elementary operating procedures at Royal Melbourne Hospital. They raised two boys mainly in Melbourne but in places as far afield as Hammersley Iron in West Australia, in South Africa and in Iran.
In his varied engineering and consulting roles, son Matthew reports that “he never in his life held a job that required him to sit at a desk in an office.”
His funeral was on 10 October.
Emails received from Roger Francey 10/10/17 and 4/11/17